Dmytro Kuleba: Peace in Ukraine will guarantee Europe's long-term security

Dmytro Kuleba, peace in Ukraine will guarantee the long-term security of Europe
Dmytro Kuleba, peace in Ukraine will guarantee the long-term security of Europe

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that ensuring peace in his country will guarantee the long-term security of Europe.

"Securing a just and lasting peace for Ukraine will guarantee the long-term security of Europe and respect for international law," Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing a speech by Kuleba during a meeting of the Council of State Affairs. Foreign Affairs of the EU.

The statement said Kuleba expressed gratitude for the EU's adoption of the Negotiating Framework, setting the guidelines and principles for Ukraine's admission to the 27-member bloc.

He further quoted Kuleba as saying that Ukraine's EU membership will strengthen the bloc and guarantee security and prosperity for all Europeans.

"Ukraine is already part of the European family. Our country is an opportunity and added value for the EU. As a member of the EU, Ukraine will make an important contribution to common defense, foreign policy, green transition, digitization, economic development," said Kuleba.

Earlier in the day, Kuleba told X that Ukraine's EU accession talks will begin today, thanking EU member states for approving the country's negotiating frameworks, as well as Moldova's.

Kyiv applied for EU membership in February 2022 and was granted candidate status in June 2022.

In December last year, EU leaders gave the green light to open accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova.

Kuleba also reiterated his country's need for more air defense systems in order to protect its people and Europe itself, in addition to the continued supply of air defense missiles, artillery systems and shells, long-range missiles, drones and electronic warfare systems.

"Ukraine still needs more air defense systems, especially the Patriots. We must ensure that Russian aircraft cannot fly at the necessary distance to use glide bombs,” he said.

He thanked EU member states for hosting the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland earlier this month, calling for their further active participation in implementing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's 10-step peace formula.

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